"Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
Kindness is easier when you are well rested and receiving kindness. Still, kindness makes the biggest difference when times are stressed and reality isn't exactly what we hoped for. Life happens when we are making plans, and kindness matters in the midst of the madness.
I can't help but think of Jesus who displayed kindness, even was he was being unfairly arrested. In fact, at the meal we know as "The Last Supper", Jesus clearly knew who would betray him, yet he showed kindness.
"Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”” -Matthew 26:25
At his arrest, he referred to those arresting him unfairly as "my friends" after a night of passionate prayer and weeping before God to be spared the cross. Still, Jesus chose kindness every time.
Judas betrayed him with a kiss, and he was still in control of his emotions and behaviors. The emotional pain of his friend's betrayal, perhaps was as deep and real as the beatings and the nails and cross ahead of him. Jesus remained calm and kind.
The only time Jesus lost his temper was in the mistreatment and lack of respect for His Father's House... the temple. The people had lost sight of God's holiness in his Holy House. It is something our God cannot and will not tolerate.
Choosing kindness usually resonates deeply with those who receive it, even when they do not show it on the surface. Their hearts feel it.
"In a world where you can be anything at all... be kind."
Today, I am grateful for the magic of kindness.